WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Three second-half goals by the Hartford Hawks proved to be too much for the UMBC women's soccer team as the Retrievers fell, 3-1 on Thursday night in America East play. The Hawks moved to 8-3-0 (2-0-0 America East), while the Retrievers fall to 4-7-0 (0-2-0 America East).
After a foul was called, freshman Nikki Saad helped put the Retrievers up just past the 15-minute mark, after she took a free kick that landed in the right corner of the net for the 1-0 UMBC lead. The goal marked the third of the season for Saad.
The Hawks the netted an equalizer in the 26th minute after Julia Carr fed a ball over to Bridgette Alexander, who launched a cross into the box. The ball settled at the feet of Alliyah Ingram, who was able to tap it into the net for the score.
The second half was dominated by Hartford, as they took a 2-1 lead in the 62nd as Alexander found the net this time. After Kaila Lozada sent the ball towards the net, it was deflected off the body of Skylar Mackey but Alexander was there to collect the loose ball and send it into the right corner of the goal for the lead.
The Hawks added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute after Ingram headed in her second goal of the night off a cross from the left side of the field from Carr.
Hartford had a commanding 13-1 shot advantage over UMBC in the first half, with the Retrievers only shot coming off Saad's goal; overall, the Hawks out-shot the Retreivers, 20-4. In goal, Jessica Jurg made two saves while allowing the one goal for Hartford, while sophomore Leah Roth made eight stops for UMBC.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will return to Retriever Soccer Park to host Maine in its first home America East action of the season on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.